Nov 302016
 
 November 30, 2016  Christmas, recipes 3 Responses »

Looking for a fun, healthier treat to enjoy with your kids as you gear up for the holidays? Try these crunchy chocolate peanut butter balls for an energy boost that everyone will enjoy!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls | Alldonemonkey.com

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This is a time of year I savor spending with my family. There are so many special traditions we’ve built up over the years. One of my favorites is making gingerbread houses with my kids. I love to vary the ingredients each year, such as by making a healthier version of this holiday classic. One year we even did a pizza bread house!

I always buy some special ingredients for decorations, like candy or dried fruit. This year we used one of our new favorite cereals, which we picked up at Target (Save when you use this coupon)!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls | Alldonemonkey.com

Choices, choices…

Honey Bunch of Oats® (Honey Roasted and Strawberry) were the perfect addition: the flakes make great leaves for leaves and tiles for roofs, while the granola clusters can…oh, let’s be real! We may never know because they always get eaten before they can be used!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls | Alldonemonkey.com

In his mind, a gingerbread house is anything you can put sprinkles on!

I love how creative the boys are with this project, which always goes differently than I imagine it will! This year my oldest built a skyscraper, while my youngest built a factory (which looked suspiciously like a big mound of ingredients, since he didn’t have the patience to fool with any actual engineering).

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls | Alldonemonkey.com

The trees, unfortunately, were eaten before I could snap a picture!

To fuel my little architects, I made these absolutely scrumptious crunchy chocolate peanut butter balls. I’ve made peanut butter balls for years, but this year I wanted to do something a little different and, well, fancier. I also know that my kids get bored with eating the same old snacks all the time, and these crunchy, chocolate peanut butter balls were just the ticket to shake things up a bit.

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

One cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1.5 T unsweetened cocoa powder

Honey to taste

1 cup crushed Honey Bunches of Oats ® cereal (we used Honey Roasted): Use this coupon to save!

To Make:

  1. Mix peanut butter, cocoa powder, and honey. If you would rather skip the chocolate (really??), add coconut flour to help absorb the liquid and give it a milder flavor. If, on the other hand, you want more chocolate, you can also add mini chocolate chips once the first three ingredients are blended together.
  2. Form the mixture into balls (any size will do, but larger balls will hold up better in the next step).
  3. Roll the balls in the crushed cereal. Enjoy as is or stick in the refrigerator for a (slightly) neater treat!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls | Alldonemonkey.com

These are a great, healthier treat for kids and moms! They are a balanced, bite-sized source of energy, plus they make a great midnight snack, moms! (Although be careful, because they are so crunchy you might wake up the kids!)

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Sep 162016
 
 September 16, 2016  recipes, Rosh Hashanah Comments Off on Gluten Free Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Looking for some great Rosh Hashanah recipes but worried about sticking to a gluten free diet? I’ve done the research for you to find Rosh Hashanah recipes that are also gluten free!

Gluten free Rosh Hashanah recipes

Today I’m guest posting on Multicultural Kid Blogs to share some wonderful gluten free Rosh Hashanah recipes I’ve found. If you are like me and have a loved one that follows a gluten free diet, you know how challenging it can be to keep to it during holidays and celebrations, when we tend to turn to traditional foods. Luckily, there are so many resources available these days. I’ve found some really wonderful dishes for you – some of them recreate traditional dishes with creative substitutions, while others put a modern spin on classic recipes to make them easier for those on special diets. So be sure to visit Multicultural Kid Blogs to read the full list!

May 112016
 

Easy coconut curd recipe to explore Singapore cooking with kids

The island nation of Singapore is known as a melting pot that is a heaven for foodies young and old.  So to sample some of the amazing Singapore cooking, we decided to try kaya, or coconut curd.  My kids have major sweet tooths (okay, and so do I!) so I thought this would be a fun recipe to try, and manageable during Baby’s nap time.

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Singapore Cooking: Coconut Curd

As in the past, I turned to Global Table Adventure, which has a beautifully done recipe plus background information.  Kaya shows some of the British influence in Singapore, as it is reminiscent of British lemon curd and is often served on toast at tea time.

The ingredients are simple and easy to find in any grocery store.  The only change we made was to substitute coconut sugar, which adds a deeper note as well as that nice rich brown color.  Both of these led my kids to decide it tasted more like chocolate sauce than coconuts!

This coconut curd recipe is an easy way to sample some Singapore cooking with your kids.

Ours didn’t thicken up quite as much as it should have – next time I’ll cook it for longer and/or increase the heat – but it was still delicious.  And while we did enjoy it the traditional way, served on toast, I’m also curious to try it in other ways.  I bet it would taste wonderful mixed in with oatmeal or yogurt!

This easy coconut curd recipe is a delicious way to sample Singapore cooking with your kids

As you enjoy your treat, you can read Singapore Children’s Favorite Stories together – one of the only collections I’ve seen available in the US! (Read a full review).

Another fun pairing is Nuts for Coconuts. Though it doesn’t mention Singapore, it does talk about the many uses of coconuts in countries around the world, including nearby Malaysia and Indonesia. (Read my full review).

How are you exploring with your kids these days?

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Hop 2016 | Alldonemonkey.com

Welcome to our third annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Series and Giveaway! Follow along all month for ideas about sharing with kids the rich cultures of this vast and varied region. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway below and link up your posts on our main page.

For even more ideas, visit our blog hops from last year and 2014. This post is also part of the Global Learning series from Multicultural Kid Blogs.

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Creative World of Varya

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May 13
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Mar 282016
 
 March 28, 2016  Passover, recipes 4 Responses »

Sephardic Charoset Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

Whether you are looking for a new twist on a staple of your Passover Seder or wanting to explore the traditions of Passover with your kids for the first time, you will love this Sephardic charoset recipe.  Its sweetness is balanced out by the spices and nuts, making it kid-friendly and delicious!

When the opportunity came to participate in a blog hop about Passover for kids from Multicultural Kid Blogs, I rather innocently said that I would do a traditional recipe for Passover from Spain.  Our Global Learning series is focusing on Spain this month, so it seemed like a great way to combine the two projects.

So what’s the problem?  As it turns out, establishing what exactly is a Spanish tradition for Passover – or any other Jewish holiday – is a bit tricky.  Even though Jews have been in Spain since ancient times and during medieval times it had one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, today their numbers are relatively small.  Remember the Spanish Inquisition?

Jews had thrived under Muslim rule in Southern Spain, yet everything changed when Ferdinand and Isabella (yes, the same ones that sponsored Columbus’s voyages) were finally able to conquer the remaining Muslim strongholds in the peninsula.  As part of their “Reconquest” for the Catholic Church, they also expelled all the Jews.  (England had expelled Jews 200 years earlier, and there were similar expulsions in many European countries).  The expelled Jews – who today are scattered around the globe – became known as Sephardic Jews, from the Hebrew word for Spain.

Terrible, of course, but that was more than 500 years ago.  What does that have to do with today?  Turns out that Jews were only allowed back to Spain in the late 19th century and then only in small numbers.  In fact, it was just last year that Spain passed a law welcoming the descendants of the expelled Jews back.

Which brings us back to the charoset recipe.  This fruit and nut paste eaten during the Passover Seder is meant to symbolize the suffering of the Jews in Egypt because of its resemblance to the mortar the Jewish slaves used in constructing the great monuments of that empire.  And so it is fitting that we remember that the sufferings of the Jewish people were not just limited to slavery in Egypt or the Holocaust.  They encompass numerous outrages throughout history, including the expulsion (or forced conversion) of the Jews in Spain.

The charoset recipe below, adapted from this version, captures the pungent flavors of Sephardic cooking today, influenced not only from the recent centuries outside of Spain but also from the generations of living under Moorish rule.  I increased the proportion of nuts and skipped the spicier spices out of deference to my kids’ tastes.  Feel free to tinker to discover your family’s own favorite mix.  That is part of the fun!

Sephardic Charoset Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

Sephardic Charoset Recipe

Adapted from Mother Would Know

Ingredients

Scant 1/4 cup each of dried apricots, dates, dark raisins, golden raisins, dried figs, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

About 1/4 cup of apple juice or grape juice

Sephardic Charoset Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

Put all ingredients except juice in the food processor and mix to desired consistency.  (Some like a smooth paste, while others prefer it chunkier).  Heat the juice and add it gradually to the fruit and nut mixture.  Let it sit for a few minutes so the mixture absorbs the liquid and then mix again.  Drain off excess liquid or add more if needed.

 

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Participating Blogs

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Crafty Moms Share

All Done Monkey

Kelly’s Classroom

Moms & Crafters

Mar 152016
 

Easter Dessert from Brazil: Paçoca de Amendoim | Alldonemonkey.com

Add a little exotic flavor to your Easter menu this year with this super easy Easter dessert from Brazil!  Paçoca de amendoim is a peanut candy common to the rural areas of the southeastern parts of Brazil, around the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais.  Since so many kids have peanut allergies, I’ve made a peanut-free version using almonds instead – still delicious!

Last year we really enjoyed making an Easter bread from Ethiopia, but with a newborn I knew that this year we’d need something much simpler.  There are many different recipes out for paçoca de amendoim, all slightly different, but most use peanuts, sugar, condensed milk, and manioc (cassava) flour.  Traditionally the peanuts were pounded in a mortar, but most cooks today use a food processor. Basically you just throw everything in and mix: I love any recipe that only requires that I push a button!

The toughest thing is getting the consistency right, which is always difficult if, like me, you’ve never tried the real thing.  It should be dry but not too crumbly – just wet enough to come together without turning into a paste.  If yours turns out too wet, try mixing in extra flour or putting it in the refrigerator over night – if you can wait that long!  The best thing, though, is to start too dry and add the condensed milk only a very little bit at a time.

Either way, it will be delicious!  Happy Easter and enjoy!

Easter Dessert from Brazil: Paçoca de Amendoim | Alldonemonkey.com

Easter Dessert from Brazil: Paçoca de Amendoim

Inspired by these two versions: from Cyber Cook and About.com (the latter was one of only English versions I found).

Ingredients:

1 cup of peanuts or almonds

1/2 cup manioc (cassava) flour or coconut flour*

2 T brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)

1 can of sweetened condensed milk (you will not need the entire can)

pinch of salt

*look for manioc flour or manioc starch in international grocery stores.  Ours unfortunately did not have it, so I substituted coconut flour instead.

Add all ingredients except condensed milk to your food processor and grind to desired consistency.  (I did ours into a fine powder, but some prefer to leave slightly larger bits of nuts).  Add the condensed milk just a little bit at a time until the mixture starts to come together.  Press into an 8 x 8 pan or other mold then cut into pieces.

 

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Jan 202016
 
 January 20, 2016  natural parenting, recipes 6 Responses »

A collection of our favorite healthy desserts that my kids love

Cooking with kids is such a fun family activity, plus it’s a great way to teach healthy eating habits!  We love sweets in our house, so when possible I try to choose healthy desserts and have my kids to help me make them.  They are always surprised to see how healthy ingredients can make such sweet treats!

Disclosure: I received a Personalized Creations cookie jar for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.

When we finish, into the cookie jar they go (at least what we haven’t eaten already!)  And what fun when that cookie jar is personalized with their names!  I love our Heart Full of Love cookie jar from Personalized Creations.  The design is gorgeous, and the jar itself is high quality: beautiful and very durable, a winning combination for a mom with three kids!

Heart Full of Love Cookie Jar

Heart Full of Love Cookie Jar from PersonalCreations.com

Looking to fill your cookie jar?  Here are some wonderful recipes for healthy desserts that you and your kids will love!

Healthy Desserts for Kids

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mama Smiles

Healthy Mixed Berry Cookies from Artsy Craftsy Mom

Chicka Coconut Banana Booms from Growing Book by Book

Grapefruit, Chia, and Poppyseed Cookies from Kidgredients

Banana Raisin Cookies from Craftulate

Chocolate Chip Craisin Oatmeal Cookies from Kitchen Floor Crafts

Anzac Biscuits from Go Science Kids

Chocolate Bread from Danya Banya

Chocolate Cranberry Cheerio Bars from Makeovers and Motherhood

Apple and Coconut Macaroons from Snotty Noses

Healthy AND Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Soccer Mom

Chocolate Avocado Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Caramel Chips from The Soccer Mom

Cowboy Cookies from Little Sprouts Learning

Banana Oat Cookies from Snotty Noses

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars from Everyday Savvy

Winnie the Pooh Honey Snacks from Kelly’s Classroom

Biscotti from Snotty Noses

Groovy Granola Bars from Little Sprouts Learning

Dec 152015
 

Las Posadas: Creamy Avocado Salsa Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

With the arrival of our newest bundle of joy last month, we are keeping things simple in our house, especially when it comes to cooking.  At the same time, however, we don’t want to sacrifice taste or comfort, which is why I love this creamy avocado salsa recipe.  So easy, but a real treat for all of us!

This recipe is special because it also celebrates Las Posadas, the wonderful Christmas tradition from Latin America that recreates Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter before the birth of Baby Jesus.  This festive time is one of joyous gatherings of family and friends, filled with laughter, song, and – of course – great food!

This tradition is especially poignant for our family this year, as it celebrates community and family, two things that are of particular importance when a child is born.  We live far away from our families: mine is scattered throughout the US, while my husband’s is in Costa Rica, distances that seemed even greater as our due date drew near.  And while our families did their best to support us (last minute plane trips, Skype, packages of presents), we knew we would be leaning heavily on friends when our little girl arrived.

And so it was.  Friends and neighbors babysat as we went to the birth center: one dear friend responded to a desperate text at 5 am, while another cheerfully spent all day with our boys.  In the days that followed, women from my moms’ group – some of whom I had never even met before – dropped off hot meals, while other friends offered to take our older children out for play dates.  Blogger friends sent guest posts and gave my articles extra love.  My personal inbox and Facebook page were flooded with well wishes and offers of help.

In short, our family – including our new little one – was surrounded with love and support, at a time when we sorely needed it.  And that is what Las Posadas represents to me: a celebration of community, as people come together to provide shelter and support to those in need.

HERDEZ® is encouraging this wonderful tradition by sharing favorite recipes and traditions, plus a contest! (See details below).  Here is an easy holiday recipe made with HERDEZ® Salsa Verde, perfect for Las Posadas or other holiday celebration.  Even for busy families like ours, it is easy to put together!

Las Posadas: Creamy Avocado Salsa Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

Avocado Salsa Recipe

2 ripe avocados

1 & 1/4 to 1 & 1/2 cup, HERDEZ® Salsa Verde

Dash of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients well in a blender.  Adjust proportions as needed.  Enjoy as a dip or as a topping for tacos.  I’ve even seen it used as a sauce for pasta!

Las Posadas: Creamy Avocado Salsa Recipe | Alldonemonkey.com

How are you celebrating with your loved ones this holiday season?

Las Posadas Instagram Contest

As this holiday brings family and friends coming together enjoying food and celebrations, HERDEZ® brand is holding a photo contest on Instagram. The Share in the Magic of #MisPosadas contest lasts from December 7th – January 6th.

Each week, a fill in the blank question relevant to the holiday will be posted for fans to answer with a photo. Three top winners will be selected as well as honorable mentions. Prizes are as follows:

– Grand Prize: Dinner prepared by a personal chef for up to 4 people in your very own home!
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To enter, submit a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #MisPosadas to answer the weekly fill in the blank question.  Visit  HERDEZ® on Instagram to play along!

Nov 232015
 
 November 23, 2015  Fall, recipes 2 Responses »

Coconut Pumpkin Bread | Alldonemonkey.com

Pumpkin bread is a fall staple in our household.  I grew up eating my mother’s version and now that I’m a mom I make it often for my family.  The main change is substituting coconut oil for vegetable oil and using some non-traditional flours and flaxseed.  Also, I leave out the ground cloves because to me it competes too much with the coconut flavor.

Ingredients

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups sugar

2 cups cooked pumpkin or sweet potato (1 can pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)*

1 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup water plus 2 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup almond flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

*If you have time, roasting the pumpkin or sweet potato and pureeing in the food processor gives a much richer flavor than the canned pumpkin

Coconut Pumpkin Bread | Alldonemonkey.com

1. Oil two small loaf pans.  Combine eggs and sugar; mix well.

2. Add pumpkin, coconut oil, and water.  Blend thoroughly.

3. Add all dry ingredients and mix until combined. Note: The batter will be much denser than with traditional pumpkin bread.

4. Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, until an inserted knife comes out clean.

What are your favorite holiday recipe makeovers?

Oct 152015
 

Thank you to Frances, my blogging buddy and fellow Multicultural Kid Blogs board member for this wonderful post!  Be sure to check out her blog, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, and read her full bio at the end of this post!

My family and I would love to travel the world, tastes the foods, and learn the culture of different countries. However, traveling abroad is not a possibility right now. Nevertheless, we can learn about a country through its cuisine, and the best way is cooking a typical dish and sharing it with your family. Today, we are learning about Perú.
Perú is a Southern American country,  home to a section of Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city set high in the Andes mountains.
We have taken to the kitchen to discover Perú with a delicious Lomo saltado recipe.  Lomo saltado (beef stir-fry) is a popular, traditional Peruvian dish.  Saltado means like “stir fried”, and when cooking it you have the beef  jump (saltar) in the air. Lomo saltado (beef stir-fry) typically combines marinated strips of sirloin, or other beef steak, with onions, tomatoes, and other ingredients, served with fried potato slices and rice. I found this super, duper easy recipe for the Peruvian Stir-Fry!  Seriously, easy to do!

This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Global Learning for Kids series.

You can also read:

All About Peru

Making a Simple Arpillera with Kids

Culture of Peru – Music and Digital Book from Daria

Enjoy this fun music video! Yaw Yaw Puka Polleracha a children’s song in Quechua (the Native language of the Incas) from Peru.

We really enjoyed our Lomo Saltado, and I served with white rice. Sorry, no potatoes at the time of cooking this delish Peruvian dish!

Buen provecho!

Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes Thanks to Frances for this great post!  Frances is a part-time blogger, mommy and wife of a beautiful multicultural familia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a certification in Human Resources. She blogs about discovering the world through her son’s eyes through everyday events, crafts, books, and travel as she teaches her son how culturally diverse our world is.In addition to her blog, you can also find Frances on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Aug 052015
 

All-Natural Orange Pudding {Atol de Naranja} | Alldonemonkey.com

Living in California, we are lucky enough to have orange trees in our backyard, and recently my husband and Little Monkey gathered up a huge bag of juicy oranges for us to enjoy.  We had to many, I decided it would be a good time to try my sister-in-law’s recipe for Costa Rican orange pudding, or atol de naranja.  It is delicious!  Little Monkey and I ate big bowls of it before I remembered that I really should save some for the others!

Atol can be translated different ways.  Often it means a thick, sweet drink, as in atol de avena, the vanilla oatmeal steamer I adore.  In this case, it is more like a pudding, though depending on how you like it, you can also make it even thicker, to the consistency like jello. It is easy to make and will turn out well even if (as in my case) you don’t really know what you are doing!  It is a fun recipe to experiment with, by either changing up the spices or adding more or less cornstarch to vary the consistency.  However you decide to do it, you’ll have a delicious, all-natural treat to share with your family!

All-Natural Orange Pudding

Ingredients

3 cups orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup water

1/4 cup maizena (cornstarch)

sugar/honey to taste (I used 1/4 cup of honey)

Warm orange juice and cinnamon stick on the stove.  While it simmers, mix the cornstarch into the water until it dissolves.  When the juice begins to boil, add the water-cornstarch mixture, taking care to stir constantly.  Add sugar or honey.  When it begins to thicken, remove from heat.  Cool in refrigerator until thickens completely.

All-Natural Orange Pudding {Atol de Naranja} | Alldonemonkey.com

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